So, why do we celebrate National World Heritage Day? Well, in 1983, UNESCO’s General Conference approved the idea for a day that helped raise people’s awareness of our planet’s cultural and natural heritage. Since then, April 18th has been marked as the National World Heritage Day.
On the 18th April each year the World Heritage organisation ask us to celebrate the beauty of our natural and cultural heritage, in order to keep it protected and accessible for future generations.
The variety of protected sites include man-made wonders such as The Great Wall of China, natural marvels like the Great Barrier Reef and historical locations such as Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru.
National World Heritage Day helps us promote the importance of preserving these areas and landmarks for the next generation to enjoy.
Liverpool is just one city containing a small portion of the 1092 UNESCO protected World Heritage sites. As of July 2018, there were 845 cultural sites across the world as well as 209 sites of natural wonder and beauty.
Liverpool’s Proud UNESCO status
In 2004 Liverpool city was recognised as a World Heritage site, thanks to the city’s historical commercial ports and innovative modern dock technologies at a time when Britain had its greatest global influence.
Once dubbed the second city of the Empire, Liverpool’s involvement in transatlantic trade is marked and celebrated today in various monuments, museums and historically significant areas across the city.
These sites can be easily reached from 30 James Street and all are covered under the protection of UNESCO’s World Heritage status.
There are 54 World Heritage sites, out of the 1092, that are currently in danger of being delisted due to modern developments, Liverpool among them.
As a thriving and prosperous city, owning a cultural landscape that has changed significantly since 2004, future developments in any of the six WHO protected sites must complement that historic area. If the development guides are strictly adhered to, Liverpool can continue to be contributory to the preservation of World Heritage and remain on the UNESCO’s list of protected sites.
Areas of Liverpool that are protected include architecturally significant buildings and monuments that have been a part of the city’s cultural landscape throughout its noteworthy past. It is in these areas, where some fantastic sights that should not be missed can be found during a visit to Liverpool.
A walk along Liverpool’s stunning waterfront provides a glimpse into the city’s prosperous past.
The Three Graces comprise of The Port of Liverpool building, The Liver Building and The Cunard Building, all of which are synonymous with Liverpool and its breathtaking skyline.
These are the buildings that would welcome early merchant sailing ships into the city after long sea journeys and later, transatlantic travellers. In keeping with the maritime heritage of the Cunard Building, another WHO protected feature of Liverpool’s waterfront is the Cunard War Memorial.
Designed by Arthur Davis, a consultant from the construction of the Cunard Buiding, the classic Greek style memorial was erected in honour of the fallen Cunard employees from both WWI and WWII.
The bronze statue of a man standing atop an ancient Greek column is said to represent victory and balancing on the front of a roman sailing ship surrounded by other nautical references.
Another monument that remembers the lives lost onboard the most infamous shipping disaster of all time is the Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic.
Standing tall on Liverpool’s Pier Head this monument remembers those who stayed below deck throughout the sinking, ensuring the vessel was supplied with electricity up until the very last moments.
244 men were lost in the engine rooms of Titanic alone, the memorial would later stretch to honour engine room workers who served and died in WWI.
An important part of Liverpool today, Albert Dock was once the hub of the world’s transatlantic trade.
By 1952 Albert Dock had become the largest single group of buildings to be awarded Grade I listed status, and by the late 70s, after nearly a decade of lying unused, Albert Dock became the focus of a key conservation project.
Today, the dock focuses on promoting the city’s culture and history and is known as the crowning jewel of Liverpool’s proud World Heritage sites.
Filled with museums, art galleries, modern bars and restaurants, Albert Dock is a wonderful reminder of Liverpool’s working past and a celebrated landmark of its present.
William Brown Street
Away from the waterfront and over to another part of Liverpool that should be celebrated on World Heritage Day.
The aptly named Cultural Quarter has a plethora of places to brush up on your world history, ancient and contemporary art or enjoy theatrical and musical performances.
The wonderful William Brown street, named after a local philanthropist, is home to The Walker Art Gallery, Central Library and The World Museum, all housed in stunning heritage buildings, and all free to enter for the public daily.
Another truly terrific example of Liverpool’s heritage architecture, St George’s Hall and the adjoining St John’s Gardens are also well worth a visit.
Originally conceived in the 17th and 18th century, the idea for St George’s Hall came about as Liverpool’s prosperity grew. The city realised it needed a place to host concerts and music festivals as well as royal and civic courts.
Thus St George’s Hall was constructed.
The magnificent style and grandeur of the building is a direct reflection of Liverpool’s early affluence, with a stunning concert hall that today plays host to acclaimed plays, orchestras and special city events.
Take a walk around the Cultural Quarter on your visit to Liverpool to see why the city remains on the World Heritage list today and should stay there.
The busiest most bustling part of Liverpool, outside of the shopping complex Liverpool ONE, Castle Street and the surrounding area is famed for its breathtaking buildings.
One of seven original main streets in the city and once home to the city’s biggest banks, Castle Street was the epicentre of Liverpool business and still is today.
At the top of the street, the amazing Georgian town hall and square is surrounded by some of the most impressive architecture in the city. The entire street is a mish-mash of Greek, Italian and neoclassical buildings that date back to the early 19th century once filled with office, merchant stores and banks now a hub of social venues, including bars and restaurants.
Castle Street and the surrounding area are fabulous examples of Liverpool’s architectural heritage, providing glimpses into just how wealthy the city was in its heyday.
This fascinating part of the Liverpool houses historical buildings that tell stories about the important part the city played in the development of the country.
A prime example of historic architecture that sits at the very heart of Liverpool’s bustling city centre, Bluecoat Chambers is a truly picturesque place to visit.
Built in 1716, the original purpose of Bluecoat Chambers was to provide the children of Liverpool with a school. A charitable organisation that was started and funded by Sir William Lever of Lever Brother Industries.
Having survived demolition petitions, war and after being respectfully restored and extended, the ancient chambers are now the home of The Bluecoat Society of Arts.
Since then Bluecoat Chambers has been home to bohemian artists and community exhibitions, and today several independent shops operate in the front and central courtyards.
By remembering and honouring these iconic points across the city on National World Heritage Day, visitors and residents of the city alike can preserve the memory of the significant cultural contributions Liverpool has made over time.
Staying at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic
The building that once housed the offices of major shipping company, White Star Line, is now home to a luxury Liverpool hotel.
30 James Street – Home of the Titanic draws in tourists from across the globe who are coming to experience Liverpool’s amazing culture, nightlife and history.
A huge part of 30 James Street’s attraction is the ties the building has with the world-famous luxury liner RMS Titanic. This, as well as the proximity of 30 James Street to the World Heritage Waterfront and the other UNESCO sites all over the vibrant city centre.
To enjoy a short city break exploring an important part of world culture, book to stay with 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic and visit a city that will continuously celebrate and preserve its heritage. Call 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and start your cultural city break today.